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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Play: Toronto Blue Jays   

I was on Toronto yesterday and there is no reason to jump off today especially when the pitching edge is even greater. Toronto took Game Two of this series last night behind a solid effort from A.J. Burnett. The Blue Jays have now won five of their last six games and the offense got things going again last night as predicted. Toronto has averaged just three rpg over its last 10 games but has scored five or more in three of its last five. Even better, the pitching has been outstanding.

The loss last night dropped the Phillies to 7-7 over their last 14 games and they remain inconsistent. The offense was held in check after the bats produced 6.5 rpg in their previous four games and the Phillies are now hitting just .249 over their last 10 games. This includes a .232 average against right-handed pitching. The bullpen is one of the best in baseball but the Phillies are getting an ERA of just 4.72 from their starters including a rugged 5.74 ERA over their last 10 games.

Arguably one of the best surprises in baseball has been the performance of Shawn Marcum. He has a 2.22 ERA and 0.81 WHIP on the season while seven of his eight starts have been quality efforts. He is not going to overpower anyone so the fact that he has gone over 100 pitches in his last seven starts mean little. Toronto has won all three of his road starts where he has a 1.66 ERA and Toronto is 8-0 against the money line as a road underdog of +100 to +150 over the last two seasons with Marcum on the hill.

Kyle Kendrick has been doing some good things as well as he has put together four straight quality starts, allowing exactly three runs in each. While they have been quality, they have not exactly been dominating performances and his last one was pretty shaky as he walked a season high four batters. Overall, he has a 1.60 WHIP on the season including 1.61 over his last three starts so he is putting runners on. His luck runs out here as Toronto keep the bats rolling along. Play Toronto Blue Jays 1.5 Units

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs Los Angeles Angels
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The Angels are 17-5 L 22 Interleague games while the Dogers are 11-30 L 41.  At home the Angels are 11-2 in Interleague.  Both Pitchers were rocked the last time out with Lowe demonstrating the least control with his 1.78 WHIP.  The Home team is 5-1 in Davis's L 6 games behind home plate. The Dodgers grabbed a win last night and this series is even now 1-1.  The starters are even in our opinion so we give the nod to the Angels in some key areas, Power, Defense and depth!   Angels today for 3 units!

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Selection: Detroit/Arizona Over 10

Today we expect a high-scoring game as the Detroit Tigers do battle with the Arizona Diamondbacks. One reason why we expect a high-scoring game is because both these teams will be sending to the mound starting pitchers who have struggled as of late. This says it all... The Detroit Tigers Starting Pitcher (Nate Robertson) has a 4.74 ERA in his last 3 starts, while Arizona Diamondbacks Starting Pitcher (Randy Johnson) has a 8.40 ERA in his last 3 starts. As you can see, both these pitchers have struggled as of late. We expect to see another high-scoring game today!

Take the Detroit Tigers/Arizona Diamondbacks Over 10

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THE POWER INDEX

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Boston* 8 over Cleveland


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Pittsburgh* (-159) .5 over Philadelphia (+159)

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Eastern Conference Semifinals
Game 7, best-of-7
BOSTON 95, Cleveland 87


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Western Conference Finals
Game 5, best-of-7
DETROIT 3, Dallas 2

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We have to believe that this Cleveland-Boston Game Seven is going to be played at a snail's pace, and the points are going to be hard to come by once again.

Friday night's game featured a combined 143-points, as the team's played nearly 40-points UNDER the linesmaker's projection!

Hard to make a case for the OVER in this one, as 4 of the 6 meetings in this series have played LOW.

Cleveland comes into this one on a 13-5 UNDER run their last 18 games, while Boston has played below the posted price in 8 of their last 11 games at home.

With all of the numbers pointing towards a defensive stale-mate, look for the Cavaliers and the Celtics to have a hard time getting open looks, and look for this game to play UNDER the posted total.

Play on the LOW.

3* UNDER

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We're out west with the Angles to get the best of their crosstown rival Dodgers in Anaheim.

These two teams have split the first two games of this series and Saturday's win by the Dodgers snapped a six-game losing streak to the crosstown rival Angels. Don't look for the Dodgers to make it two in a row as the Angels send Jered Weaver (2-5, 4.86 ERA) to the hill to face Derek Lowe (2-3, 4.62).

The Dodgers are just 3-6 in their last nine games and 1-4 on Sundays, 2-5 against right-handed starters and 2-5 against teams with a winning record. On the flip side, the Angels are 5-3 in their last eight at home and 15-7 in Weaver's last 22 home outings.

Weaver went out and dominated the White Sox on Tuesday, allowing just one hit and two walks over seven scoreless innings, winning 2-0. Weaver improved to 1-2 at home with a 2.00 ERA in four home outings this season.

Weaver crushed the Dodgers twice last season, allowing two runs on nine hits in 12 innings of a 6-2 win at home and a 3-0 win at Dodger Stadium.

On the opposite side, Derek Lowe (2-3, 4.62) is 0-2 with an 8.27 ERA in his last three starts and he is 0-2 with a 5.47 ERA in his last five on the road. This guy is struggling and the Angels will expose it today.

Go ahead and lay the relatively small chalk and play the Angels in this one.

3* L.A. ANGELS

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TONY WESTON

After getting easy wins over the Astros on Friday and Saturday the Rangers will make it three in a row behind their best pitcher Kason Gabbard. Gabbard is quietly putting together a strong season with a 2.12 ERA. Despite the Rangers being 5-1 in his six starts this year, Gabbard is only 1-0 with a lot of no decisions.

In fact, after picking up a win in his first start of the year, Gabbard has five straight no decisions. However, in that five-game stretch he?s only given up seven total earned runs in 22 2/3 innings of work.

The Rangers come into this game absolutely red hot after a stretch where they went 2-12. Since that stretch, from April 11 to April 24, the Rangers are 15-6, including a 9-2 mark their last 11 games.

Texas will continue its hot streak behind Gabbard.

Take Gabbard and take the Rangers at home.

3* RANGERS

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Indians & Reds Under.

Thanks to pitching look Under in Cincinnati today. Yep thanks to Lee and Volquez who combine for an ERA of 1.79 for the year the Under looks like a solid play here today. Especially when you factor that Cleveland?s offense is in a major slump batting just .218 over their last 10 games that has resulted in 9 of their last 10 games to stay low. Now factor in that for Lee 6 of this 7 starts this year have stayed low while 2 of the last 3 for Volquez have gone Under as well and there is not expectations for many runs today. Bottom line thanks to a pair of solid starters and one bad offense look for a low scoring game in Cincinnati.

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MATT RIVERS

For Sunday let's take a stab with a rare total and an under at the Great American Ballpark.

I am not stupid and do realize that going under this low number is asking a lot no matter who is pitching but the way Cliff Lee and Edinson Volquez have been all season long just makes me believe that we are going to see goosegg after goosegg and a total pitchers' dual.

Lee has finally reached that stud potential after an underachieving and terrible 2007 and has been by far the best pitcher in the game. The lefty has been lights out in every single start and has an ERA as miniscule as any I have ever seen. Besides allowing three runs in one six inning quality outing this guy has given up pretty much literally nothing at all.  I also have no issues ever with a southpaw against this Cincinnati squad led by powerful lefties in Griffey and Dunn.

Meanwhile Volquez has proven to be a total gem himself. The former Ranger has come over and done nothing but hurl unreal outing after unreal outing. The righty never allows more than one run and should be fine once again today on his comfortable mound.
Going low on a total at around 7 1/2 is a lot to ask in a hitters' ballpark but the pitchers' will hit as this is a National League field and until either of these hurlers allow anything this season the under is the only way to go today. If it is 1-1 or 2-2 in the 8th inning and the bullpens blow up to kill us so be it but both starters will dominate and therefore I'm all for the low.

Honestly, if this total was 4 1/2 I couldn't play the over as either of these pitchers, if not both, could throw a complete game shutout today

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Karl Garrett

Don't expect the brooms to come out today, as Cliff Lee won't need any bullpen support today.

Lee is a perfect 6-0 for the season, and is coming off a complete game shutout of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Edinson Volquez has been the "ace" of the Cincy staff at 6-1, but he has benefitted from being an "unknown" to the senior circut. Volquez is a known commodity to the Indians from his days with the Texas Rangers, and chances are the snake-bit Tribe are going to have a breakout game against him today.

At least that is what the G-Man thinks!

Take the Indians to avoid the 3-game sweep.

2* CLEVELAND

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Chris Jordan

Play the Blue Jays over the Phils in Interleague play early today, as Toronto's Shaun Marcum will rely on the location of his pitches for success in this one, just as he has all season en route to a 4-2 mark on the year and a 2.22 ERA.

Marcum has been near-brilliant in his last three starts, giving up just two earned runs over 24 innings of work - and that includes a complete-game win over red-hot Tampa Bay, and two scoreless outings against always-tough lineups in Cleveland and Chicago.

The Jays have won five of six on the diamond after yesterday's 6-3 win in Philly, look for the winning to continue today.

3* Blue Jays

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Drew Gordon

Looking for the Royals to get back on track behind one of their best in Zach Greinke this afternoon. Royals and Fish have split the series thus far, with Florida Olsen throughly outpitching Bannister yesterday, but things will be a lot different this afternoon, as rookie Burke Badenhop gets the start for Florida.

Badenhop was solid through the month of May, going 1-0 with a 4.08 ERA, but like most rookies, he's shown plenty of inconsistency this season, allowing 13 runs in 13 innings as a starter in April. He's had some issues getting deeper into games, and will have ZERO room for error against the Royals Greinke, who's also young, but far more polished than Badenhop.

Speaking of Greinke, he's 4-1 with a lockdown 1.93 ERA on the season, allowing 3 runs or fewer in ALL 8 of his starts! He pitched well enough to win in his last one, allowing 2 runs on 9 hits over 6 innings against the Tigers, but he received no decision after exiting with the game tied 2-2 in the 6th. If anything that'll serve to motivate the young ace, who's locked down some of the better batting orders in the AL this season, and he'll do it again in Interleague play this afternoon.

Bottom line, Royals get right back to their winning ways behind Greinke this afternoon. Badenhop has been good, but there's no question Greinke will outpitch the rookie in this one. Neither offense has been great, but in winning 5 of their last 6, Kansas City has shown some pop at the plate, and I expect that to continue this afternoon! Royals roll!

Take Kansas City behind Greinke over Florida and Badenhop in afternoon Interleague action.

3* KANSAS CITY

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NY Mets at NY Yankees

Granted, their hitting has been non-existent, but entering today's play, the New York Yankees are 21-5 Under if favored this season. They have their ace on the hill, Chien-Ming Wang, who himself is 31-14 Under in his career if priced between -125 and -175. The Bombers are averaging just a hair over three runs per game vs. southpaws this season and must face Oliver Perez, who handled them twice last season.

Play on: Under

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Cleveland Indians at Cincinnati Reds

Ai Simulator 3* graded play on the Reds. Supporting this graded play is a system that has produced a record of 35-5 for 88% and has made 29 units since 1997. Play against any team that is a bad AL offensive team scoring <=4.5 runs/game and is now facing a good NL starting pitcher sporting an ERA<=3.70 and is a cold hitting team batting .240 or worse over their last 15 games. Simple, brief and quite strong.

Play on: Cincinnati Reds

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EZWINNERS

MLB

5 STAR: (906) CINCINNATI (+$107) over Cleveland
(Listing Volquez only)
(Risking $500 to win $535)

3 STAR: (904) FLORIDA (+$105) over Kansas City
(Listing Badenhop only)
(Risking $300 to win $315)

2 STAR: (909) WASHINGTON (+$128) over Baltimore
(Listing Lannan only)
(Risking $200 to win $256)

1 STAR: (901) PITTSBURGH (+$153) over Chicago
(Action)
(Risking $100 to win $153)

1 STAR: (917) HOUSTON (+$122) over Texas
(Action)
(Risking $100 to win $122)


NBA

1 STAR: (533) CLEVELAND (+8) over Boston
(Risking $110 to win $100)

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The Rangers go for the sweep behind starter Kason Gabbard, who is 6-0 with a 2.70 ERA in home games.  The Astros will have to rely on Brandon Backe, who is 0-4 with a 9.13 ERA in his four interleague starts.  The Rangers are the pick (-135) according to Dunkel, which has Texas favored by 2.  Dunkel Pick: Texas (-135).  Here are all of today's games.

SUNDAY, MAY 18

Game 901-902: Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh (Dumatrait) 16.099; Cubs (Marquis) 15.849
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 1/2; 11
Vegas Line: Chicago Cubs (-160); No Run Line
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (+150); N/A


Game 903-904: Kansas City at Florida
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas City (Greinke) 17.348; Florida 16.611
Dunkel Line: Kansas City by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Kansas City (-125); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Kansas City (-125); Over


Game 905-906: Cleveland at Cincinnati
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Lee) 17.024; Cincinnati (Volquez) 16.746
Dunkel Line: Cleveland by 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Cleveland (-115); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (-115); Under


Game 907-908: Toronto at Philadelphia
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto (Marcum) 14.856; Philadelphia (Kendrick) 15.544
Dunkel Line: Philadelphia by 1; 10
Vegas Line: Philadelphia (-110); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-110); Over


Game 909-910: Washington at Baltimore
Dunkel Ratings: Washington (Lannan) 15.705; Baltimore (Guthrie) 15.465
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Baltimore (-135); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+125); Under


Game 911-912: Oakland at Atlanta
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland (Duchscherer) 15.314; Atlanta (Reyes) 15.634
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Atlanta (-115); 9
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (-115); Under


Game 913-914: Milwaukee at Boston
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee (Villanueva) 13.729; Boston (Beckett) 16.625
Dunkel Line: Boston by 3; 10
Vegas Line: Boston (-230); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-230); Over


Game 915-916: Tampa Bay at St. Louis
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay (Jackson) 15.364; St. Louis (Lohse) 14.256
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-105); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (-105); Over


Game 917-918: Houston at Texas
Dunkel Ratings: Houston (Backe) 14.838; Texas (Gabbard) 17.045
Dunkel Line: Texas by 2; 11 1/2
Vegas Line: Texas (-135); 11
Dunkel Pick: Texas (-135); Over


Game 919-920: Minnesota at Colorado
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota (Slowey) 15.042; Colorado (Francis) 16.178
Dunkel Line: Colorado by 1; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Colorado (-150); 10
Dunkel Pick: Colorado (-150); Under


Game 921-922: LA Dodgers at LA Angels
Dunkel Ratings: LA Dodgers (Lowe) 14.450; LA Angels 15.592
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 1; 8
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-120); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LA Angels (-120); Under


Game 923-924: Chicago White Sox at San Francisco
Dunkel Ratings: White Sox (Danks) 15.441; San Francisco (Cain) 14.838
Dunkel Line: Chicago White Sox by 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Chicago White Sox (-110); 8
Dunkel Pick: Chicago White Sox (-110); Under


Game 925-926: San Diego at Seattle
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego (Estes) 14.379; Seattle (Hernandez) 15.309
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Seattle (-165); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (-165); Over


Game 927-928: Detroit at Arizona
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Robertson) 14.782; Arizona (Johnson) 14.664
Dunkel Line: Detroit by 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Arizona (-140); 10
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (+130); Under


Game 929-930: NY Mets at NY Yankees
Dunkel Ratings: NY Mets (Perez) 14.723; NY Yankees (Wang) 16.534
Dunkel Line: NY Yankees by 2; 9
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-155); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Yankees (-155); Over


NBA

Cleveland at Boston
The Celtics look for another Game Seven win at home, but are only 1-5 ATS in this series.  The Cavaliers are the pick (+8) according to Dunkel, which has Boston favored by just 7.  Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (+8).  Here are all of today's games.

SUNDAY, MAY 18

Game 533-534: Cleveland at Boston
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland 120.082; Boston 127.117
Dunkel Line & Total: Boston by 7; 170
Vegas Line & Total: Boston by 8; 174
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (+8); Under


NHL

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
The Flyers look to avoid elimination after a Game Four win (4-2) and come into the contest with a 19-11 mark after a victory by 2 or more goals.  Philadelphia is the underdog pick (+220) according to Dunkel, which has the Flyers favored straight up by 1/2 a goal.  Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (+220).  Here are all of today's games.

SUNDAY, MAY 18

Game 59-60: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia 12.596; Pittsburgh 12.270
Dunkel Line & Total: Philadelphia by 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Pittsburgh (-260); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (+220); Over

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Houston Astros (24-20) at Texas Rangers (22-22)

Houston's Brandon Backe (2-5, 4.62 ERA) has lost his last two starts and is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in five career starts against the Rangers. The Astros are 0-5 in Backes last 5 road starts.

Texas' Kason Gabbard (1-0, 2.12) will make his first start against the Astros. The southpaw is 0-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his last 3 starts. The Rangers are 5-0 in Gabbards last 5 home starts.

Right-hander Brandon Backe has struggle on the mound against the Rangers, while Texas' Gabbard has pitched exceptionally well at home. He has never lost a start at home in his career. Houston is 1-5 in their last 6 interleague games away from home.

The Texas Rangers have won nine of their last 11 games overall and five of the last six against Houston. Take the Rangers tonight at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Texas Rangers - 140


NBA

Boston Celtics - 8

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Los Angeles Dodgers (22-20) at Los Angeles Angels (25-20) 

The Angels’ will send Jered Weaver to the mound. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two career starts against the Dodgers. Weaver pitched sound in his last start, allowing just a single and two walks over seven innings, in a 2-0 win versus the White Sox on Tuesday. The Dodgers' will counter with Derek Lowe. The right-hander has struggle the last three times on the hill, 0-2 with an 8.27 ERA. Lowe is 6-5 with a 2.86 ERA in 27 career appearances, including 11 starts against the Angels. Go with the Angels. Even with Saturday's 6-3 lost, they have taken eight of the last 10 meetings against the Dodgers and six of the last seven at Angel Stadium.

Los Angeles Angels - 120


(4) Cleveland Cavaliers (52-42) at (1) Boston Celtics (73-22)

The Boston Celtics are back in Beantown. The home team in this series has won all six games. In fact, the Celtics have won all seven postseason home games, going 5-2 against the spread. Cleveland surprisingly went the seven in this battle, but LeBron James and his crew will be going on vacation following today’s key Game 7 fight at TD Banknorth Garden. However, the Celtics have covered just one of the last five games at home versus the Cavaliers. Look for LeBron to go down with pride and give Boston a hard fought fight. Take the points!

Cleveland Cavaliers +8

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Angels -125

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